Unless you live in Toronto or follow Major League Soccer, it's easy to forget Sebastian Giovinco is even still playing professional football. Despite only being 29 years old, the Atomic Ant has become rather irrelevant to many who watch the Italian top flight. After all, he did leave Turin almost two years ago and didn't have the greatest of exits after struggling to solidify a spot in Massimiliano Allegri's side.
However, much like his partner in the 2009 Under-21 European Championship - Mario Balotelli - has recently discovered, Giovinco is learning that perhaps the grass is greener away from the peninsula.
Without question, the diminutive striker was heartbroken after failing to land a spot in Antonio Conte's squad that travelled to France for Euro 2016. It seemed like if any Coach was ever going to break from the mould and call-up an MLS player, it was going to be the current Chelsea boss. Unfortunately for Giovinco though, he was left supporting his country from across the Atlantic watching at his home in Toronto's trendy Yorkville neighbourhood.
On Wednesday evening, Giovinco will lead Toronto FC to new heights. For the first time in franchise history, the Reds will host a play-off match at the recently renovated BMO Field. It was just last year that the Italian had led the club to the playoffs for the first time ever, but they were embarrassed 3-0 on the road by their biggest rival - Didier Drogba's Montreal Impact.
Despite the fact that many already believe the best is behind Giovinco, the Italian has turned around a franchise in a way that he could have only dreamed of in Italy.
Shattering club and league records in his first season while helping TFC achieve their goals has to be seen as an international success story - even if it does take place in North America.
The Greater Toronto Area has a population of well over six million and even though soccer is a long way from being the top sport in the city, it is still a massive market for Giovinco to prove a point in. From youngsters to the elderly, the striker has captured the hearts of soccer fans across Toronto like no other international player has done before him.
Win or lose on Wednesday evening, it'll be the biggest game in franchise history and fans largely have Giovinco to thank. He didn't quit on the team when he was excluded from Euro 2016, like Jermain Defoe did when he was left off of England's 2014 World Cup roster, and photos splattered on various social media outlets prove he has never shied away from making a fans' day.
While there will always be those who are eager to criticise Giovinco for opting to make the move across the pond - and for those people he has already been forgotten - but for an entire city, Giovinco is more relevant now than ever before.
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